Vox Populi, Vox Dei
The old phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” is often translated as “The voice of the people is the voice of God”. People have argued whether this is true, or if it is, in what way is it true. Is it simply that when the voice of the people gets so loud, you cannot stop it, any more than you could stop the sun from rising? Is it a strong endorsement of pure democracy? Is there something else?
I was thinking about this recently in terms of the memorial services for homeless people that died in 2010 that I attended recently. I wrote about this a little bit in my blog post The Face of God. In that blog post, I mentioned an African Bishop who said that at his church, instead of saying “peace” to one another, they say, “I love the face of God that I see in you today.”
Well, if we can see God’s face in the face of the homeless people around us, can we hear God’s voice in a similar way? Perhaps. The following YouTube video has rapidly gone viral and started getting national attention.
Stop and watch the video before reading on.
Back? Okay. I saw a few people mention this online yesterday. Then, driving home, I heard a story about it on NPR. I looked up the video so I could share it here.
But, there is an important update to the story.
UPDATE-FINAL: Well everyone. You can give yourselves and Ted a high-five. He's being given offers hand-over-fist over the air.
What is more important is what comes after this, however. It captures what drives good journalists and activists.
My request to all. Whenever you run across a story such as this, don't assume it'll take a life of its own, on its own. It won't. It can't. There are too many other stories that drown out the one before it.
You need to spend time to get that story and its word out to many. If you care, you'll do it.
Keep the faith, pay forward and always lend a hand; even if you're the one who needs it.
Have you heard the voice of God recently?